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How To Get Twitter Followers

How to get Twitter followersThe good news is there are so many ways to get more Twitter followers—47 of which are listed here.


The bad news is that you don’t have all day to do the work.


Getting Twitter followersNot to worry! We’ve put together the ultimate resource on how to get Twitter followers.  Bookmark this page for reference and come back once a week to tackle one item at a time.

Overview to Twitter Follower GuideHere’s a quick summary of what you’ll get in this guide

We’ve broken these Twitter tips into 5 categories.  Use this list to jump straight to each section.  Each section includes what to do and step-by-step how to do it. Many sections include bonus resources and tools to help you execute these ideas.

So here we go…a deep dive into how to get Twitter followers.


Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Make Your First Impression Count  5 Tips For a Great Looking Profile
Chapter 2: Extend the Invitation Everywhere  15 Places To Add A Call-to-Action To Follow You
Chapter 3: Get Out And Socialize 7 Ways to Socialize on Twitter
Chapter 4: Follow the Golden Twitter Rule 3 Steps and 10 Tools To Grow Your Following By Following Others
Chapter 5: Tweet Interesting Content 7 Tips For Keeping Your Stream Active and Interesting

Trello board

Bonus: We’ve also created a Trello board you can use as your “to do” list for growing your Twitter following


Pick out the tasks you’d like to conquer first and copy them to your own private board.  Assign it to a teammate, or simply use it as a regular weekly reminder.


Chapter 1:

Make Your First Impression Count

Tips for a nice looking Twitter profile



First things first.  You must have your Twitter house in order if you’re gonna invite guests.


If you’re serious about getting more Twitter followers, you’ll want to go through this check list below to make sure your profile looks compelling.

Here are 5 ways to jazz up your profile

1Header photo

Your cover photo offers prime real estate to sell your business and why people should follow you.  The large size of this image gives you the chance to shine, so take advantage of it.

Size: Twitter recommends 1500 pixels wide x 500 pixels high

Format: JPG, GIF, or PNG.  Note: Twitter doesn’t support animated GIFs.

Tip: Keep in mind that the design will scale to fit the screen resolution size of whatever device the visitor is on.  If you think your audience might visit your Twitter profile from mobile, preview your design on mobile to ensure that all text is legible.

Do's Don'ts
Include beautiful graphics or photography Leave it blank, showing no personality
DoInclude text about what you offer DontUse the wrong image size, making it fuzzy or pixelated
DoUse this space to promote current promotions, sales, ebooks, or any other campaign you are running DontForget to remove old, out-dated promotions (as mentioned in the “do” list)

2Profile Pic

Profile photos
The profile photo is what will be seen most often.  It’s the image that displays next to your tweets in your followers’ streams.

If the Twitter profile you are growing is a brand, you probably want to use your logo.

If it’s your personal profile, include a professionally taken photo with a big friendly smile.  You can often find low cost photographers through daily deal sites like GrouponLiving Social, and Amazon Local.

Size: Full size @ 400 x 400 pixels / Legible @ 73 x 73 pixels

Tip: Keep in mind that the profile photo your followers will see in their feeds next to your tweets appears much smaller in the feed (73 x 73 pixels) than it does on your profile page. So it shouldn’t have too much detail or text (if any) in the image.  Make sure it is legible and recognizable at 73 x 73 pixels, but make the full size 400 x 400 so it’s also clear when people visit your profile page.


Your bio is what really tells people who you are, what you know, and gives a sneak peak into your personality.

Since Twitter forces you to be concise with a 160 character limit, you’ll have to find a very brief way to get it all in.

Do's Don'ts
DoMention your area of expertise, using a couple keywords you’d like to be found for  DontStuff with a list of keywords
DoList personal interests   DontShare private info you don’t want strangers to know
DoBe silly   DontBe unprofessional or offensive

4Pin a visual tweet at the top of your stream

Not only does this make your profile look more visually compelling.  It’s also another opportunity to promote a sale, event, ebook, etc.  This tweet will stay at the top of your profile regardless of when you tweeted it.  So it will be the first tweet people see when they land on your profile.  Be sure to use an eye catching image in the tweet.

Size: The ideal image size for tweets is 1024 x 512.  The image ratio is 2:1 width to height.  You can post images with taller proportions.  Just keep in mind that Twitter will crop it on center to the 2:1 proportion that shows in the Tweet streams, so make sure any text should be within that centered 2:1 portion of the image.

Tools: Canva is a great tool for creating visually compelling graphics.  They have templates for all sorts of social media image sizes, including Twitter image posts.

Pinned Tweet

5Keep your profile full of activity

There will be more on this topic in Chapter 5.

If a potential Twitter follower lands on your profile and doesn’t see any recent tweets, they have no reason to follow you.  Keeping an active stream of relevant and interesting content that is true to you and your brand shows visitors what you’re all about and gives them a reason to follow.

Pro Tip:

Schedule content at least a week out in advance. Aim for a minimum of 1 tweet per day, but feel free go crazy with the tweet volume. There’s no shame in tweeting 10x per day if you have the content to back it up. And that content should be a mix of your own content as well as other people’s content. One way to get more mileage out of your own content is to schedule a series of posts every time you publish a blog post. So you’ll have tweets scheduled for months in advance and over time your daily tweets of your own content will stack up.  Check out this post on promoting your blog for more tips on how to do this.

Bonus Resources

Twitter Help Center: Customizing Your Twitter Profile

New Twitter Header Dimensions + Template (2014 Update)

Twitter Image Size Cheat Sheet Courtesy of ALTJ Media

ALJTMedia_Twitter image cheat sheet


    Click to expand each item for more detail:

  • DODOcase Twitter Profile

    DODOcase captures your curiosity with their intriguing header photo and modern profile pic, but leaves no guesswork in their very clear bio.

    Example of great Twitter header photo

  • Martin Katz Twitter Profile

    It’s impossible to land on Martin Katz’s profile and not know what they sell. They feature their product bold and beautiful in the header photo, profile photo, and a pinned visual tweet.  And the bio is straightforward about what they offer and why you will love it.

    Great Twitter profile example

  • Kim Garst Twitter Profile

    This is a great example of promoting an upcoming event in both the header photo and the pinned visual tweet at the top of her stream.

    Kim Garst Twitter profile



    Chapter 2:

    Extend the invitation—everywhere

    Add a Follow Us Call To Action Everywhere



    Now that you’ve got your Twitter house in order, you’re ready to put an invitation to follow—all over the place.


    The key here is to make it easy for people to follow you from any interaction point they have with your business.

    Here’s a list of 15 places to add a call-to-action to get Twitter followers

    Click to expand each item for more detail:

    • (1) On your website header or footer

      This one is obvious, but it’s surprising how many sites make it so hard to find by burying it on the Contact or About pages.  Including a link to your Twitter profile from the header or footer of your site will make it easily accessible. No matter what page a visitor is on when they get the urge to check you out on Twitter, they won’t have to look far to find you.

      Website footer call to action to follow on twitter

    • (2) In your email signature

      If you are emailing directly with customers, prospects, vendors or anyone really, you have the perfect chance to connect with them further.  Display a link to your Twitter handle in your signature so they can easily check out your profile.  Since they already have a one-on-one relationship with you, they’ll be likely to follow you.


      Wisestamp is a great tool for adding your Twitter profile to your email signature.  You can even add a button with a call to action to follow you. And you can automatically display your most recent tweet to add even more reason to follow you!

      Add Twitter profile and recent tweets in your email signature

    • (3) In your blog author bio

      Including your Twitter user name in your author bio is important for a couple reasons.  Not everyone reads to the end of a post.  So when they do, they obviously enjoy your content and would probably be interested in reading more of it.  Include a clear call to action to follow you in your bio, so those that truly like your content know how they can continue hearing from you.  

      Another reason to include your Twitter handle in your bio is so people can @mention you when they share your posts.

      Blog author bio

    • (4) In your guest author bios

      This probably goes without saying, especially after the note above.  But just as a reminder when you guest post on other sites, make sure you leave a clear path for their readers to take if they’d like to connect with you further and get more of your awesome content.

      Include Twitter follow button on guest bios

    • (5) In the midst of a great blog post

      Don’t wait until your blog readers finish the post and hope they read your bio to find ways to connect with you.  Add a nice big button with a call to action to follow you, just when your post is reaching a point where you know your reader’s interest will be piqued.

      Kinda like now…

      If you’re liking these tips for getting Twitter followers, follow Rignite on Twitter to stay updated when we share more tips and how-tos.

      Here’s how to do it:

      It’s dead simple.

          1. Go to this button configuration page on Twitter.
          2. Specify the settings you’d like for your button.
          3. Copy and paste the snippet of code into your post.

      Voila! Your readers can now follow you with the click of a button.

    • (6) On confirmation pages

      When someone buys your product or downloads your content, you probably redirect them to a confirmation page. Use this opportunity to take the next step in your relationship. They obviously like something you have to offer, so now give them a clear path to connect with you on Twitter.

      Confirmation page

    • (7) In confirmation emails

      Like the confirmation page, you probably send confirmation emails after someone makes a transaction of some sort with you.  This is another great time to ask your customers or prospects to follow you on Twitter.

    • (8) In newsletters

      As you nurture your email list with newsletters or other educational content, include a call to action to stay in touch on Twitter for more great tips.

    • (9) Webinar slide decks

      If you run webinars to attract prospects, include your Twitter handle on every slide.  Having it on the intro and outro slides is great.  But some people trickle in late and you never know when your attendees are gonna get distracted and drop out of the webinar.  Don’t wait ‘till the end to tell them where they can find you.

    • (10) On old school business cards

      While this might seem old fashioned, there’s still a time and place for business cards. Meeting new people in person (gasp!) is still one of the best ways to establish a bond with people. Make sure your business cards make it clear where to follow you on Twitter, so you can take those in-person relationships to the digital realm.

    • (11) On store signage

      If you’re a local business with a store, include signs near the checkout encouraging your patrons to follow you on Twitter.  You can sweeten the deal by offering a discount for showing the cashier that they follow you.  Or you might say “special Twitter discounts” shared weekly for a more elusive reason to get out their smart phone and follow right then and there.

    • (12) On receipts

      Another tip for local businesses.  It’s a nice touch to see businesses using the customer’s receipt as a prompt to follow on Twitter.  Why not? They gave you their money, what’s a little follow?

    • (13) On packaging

      Ah, the moment a customer gets that shiny new package is likely to be the time when your customer is most enthralled with your company.  Take advantage of their affectionate excitement to be your new customer by including a nice big “Follow us on Twitter” graphic on the packaging.

    • (14) On swag

      Whether you sponsor events or not, you most likely have some sort of company memorabilia…swag.  Don’t slap your logo on your swag and call it a day.  That requires people to think, “hey, I should go to Google and search for _____’s Twitter profile and follow them.”  That’s unlikely. Include your Twitter user name so they can easily find you if they are interested.

    • (15) On your other social networks

      Last but not least, make those social connections you have on Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, LinkedIn, etc count double time by giving them a nudge to also follow you on Twitter.  Occasionally post status updates about conversations happening on Twitter.  And in your profile descriptions and about sections, include a link to your Twitter profile.

    • Chapter 3:

      Get Out And Socialize

      Engage on Twitter to get more followers



      Well by “get out”, we don’t really mean out of the house, although that’s a good idea too.


      Look for people online that fit your ideal follower profile.  Then engage with them.  It’s as simple as that.

      Here are 7 ways you can get social from behind the big screen

      1Hang out in Twitter Chats

      Twitter chats are like virtual meetups to talk about a certain topic.  They’re usually held on a regular schedule (e.g. every Tuesday at 9am) and run by a moderator or host.  Often times the moderator will post a series of questions and the attendees will reply with their answers which leads to a break out of side conversations.  It’s a great opportunity to engage with people who are interested in your area of expertise.  And you’ll most likely come away with some new friends and followers.

      To find a chat that is relevant to your industry check out this list of Twitter chats.  Sort by Topic to narrow down the options and see ones that suit you.

      2Search for people with similar interests

      There’s no shortage of tools to help you find people on Twitter.

      FollowerWonk is a great tool for searching Twitter bios to find people who have your target audience’s interest.

      There’s an entire list of tools and ways to find people in the section below.

      We’ll use FollowerWonk for this example because of their search filters and the ability to sort by follower count.

      Tip: It’s probably easier to get people to engage and follow you if they are in the mid-tier of influence.  Instead of going straight for the big dogs with 10,000+ followers, start by trying to engage those who have around 1,000 followers and work your way up.  They clearly have some level of influence and are active on Twitter, but they aren’t the Twitter celebrities who won’t even notice you through all the noise they are getting.

      Once you’ve found some interesting folks, follow them, retweet some of their posts, go to their blog (if they have one) and share a post or two that you like.


      3Search for people tweeting articles you enjoyed

      Another way to reach out to people with similar interest is to find people who shared an article you really enjoyed and strike up a conversation.

      This is really easy to do.

      1. Read articles as you usually do.

      2. When you find ones you really enjoy, take the URL and paste it into BuzzSumo.


      You can see a list of people who recently shared that same post by clicking the “View Sharers” button.

      People who shared article

      3. Strike up a conversation about your mutual interest

      It’s easier to strike up a conversation with someone when you have something in common.  Use the article as a starting point.

      Ideally you want to find and reply to the tweet where they shared the article.

      Just head over to Twitter and type in the search box:

      From:username “keyword from article title”

      That will pull up posts from that user that include that keyword.

      Here’s an example of the search string I used for the post above.

      Twitter search from


      Oh, and don’t forget to follow them.

      Here’s the key:

      Since you are only tweeting 1 or 2 people for each article, choose those people wisely.

      I qualify who is likely to engage by looking at their “Reply Ratio.”  Go for the ones with the highest ratio.  That indicates they will be more likely to respond.


      To get a little bit more results out of this, click the follow button on all the people who shared the article who look interesting to you. While it’s not as direct as the other approach, they might check out your profile when they get the new follower notification and see that you shared the same article.  That will clue them in to the fact that you obviously have similar interests.

      4Reply to comments in the threads of articles you enjoyed and follow the other commenters (they might follow back)

      In those same articles that you find in the step above, chime into the comments section.  Reply to people’s comments to engage them directly.  And then follow them.  Because they’ve just had a conversation with you over the article, they’ll recognize you and will be likely to follow back.

      5Search for people talking about things you’re interested in

      This is your standard social media monitoring strategy.  Keep a set of search streams in your social media monitoring tool using a broad topic keyword to find public posts about your area of expertise.

      Here’s an example of a search stream I keep open to find people talking about “social media marketing.”

      Social media monitoring stream

      When you find interesting posts, reply or retweet them, and follow them. Maybe they’ll follow back since you’ve taken the time to engage with their posts.

      6Follow the people you’re connected with on LinkedIn

      This is a pro tip.  Dorie Clark shared this awesome idea in this Forbes article that we had to include in this list.

      “Since you’re more likely to be followed by someone you already have a relationship with, we recommend finding your LinkedIn connections on Twitter and following them.”

      –Dorie Clark

      Here’s how to do it:

      1. In LinkedIn, go to your connections page and click the gear icon.

      LinkedIn Connections menu

      Click the gear icon

      2. Export your contacts to a csv file.  You can find the export link in the right sidebar.

      LI contacts export

      3. Import those contacts into your email contacts (e.g. Gmail, Outlook, etc).

      4. Head over to Twitter and go to the #Discover page and select “Find Friends”

      Choose “search contacts” using your email provider.

      Use Twitter discover page to get more followers

      5.  Twitter will find all your contacts on Twitter and give you the option to follow them all in one fell swoop, or pick and choose which ones you want to follow.

      Since these are all people who know you well enough to be connected on LinkedIn, you are highly likely to get a follow back.

      7Be Responsive and Genuine

      It’s hard enough work to grow your following and boost engagement on Twitter.  So when you do get a mention, retweet, or a share of your blog posts, be sure to take the time to thank them.

      In this article, Nicole Kohler shares an experiment she ran that proved gratitude boosts your following. The result: 26% of the people she thanked followed her.

      3 Data-Backed Twitter Strategies for More Followers, Better Tweets, and Maximum Engagement

      But here’s the key.

      Don’t get too lazy with your “thanks you’s”

      Mindlessly sending the same “thanks for sharing” tweet to everyone who shares your content will lose its oomph when it’s seen over and over again in your stream.

      The benefit of showing appreciation when people engage with you is that it makes them feel good.  But who feels good when they see they’re just one of many others who get the same message?

      Get creative and personal with your thank you. Use it as an opportunity to show genuine interest in something about them.

      In this article, Ian Anderson Gray recommends using it as an opportunity to build a relationship by genuinely engaging with them, instead of sending the generic “thank you for sharing” message:

      Stop Saying Thank You on Social Media and Say Something Meaningful!

      Chapter 4:

      Follow the Golden Twitter Rule“Follow as you’d like to be Followed”

      Get Twitter Followers By Following Others



      There is a common thread of advice that seems to apply to all of life. Put out into the universe what you want in return.


      In the Twitter universe, that means follow people you’d like to have follow back. If there’s a clear common interest between you and the people you follow, there’s a good chance they’ll follow back. Which leads us to the next tip.

      Here are 3 easy steps for growing your following by following others

      It’s as easy as this:

      1. Carve out about 15-30 minutes a week and go on a following spree.

      Don’t you ever have those times during your work week when you hit a lull in your stride? This tip can be a great lightweight task to do when you feel like you just can’t do any heavy lifting.

      2. Using the tips and tools mentioned below, find people and follow them.  As many as you can fit into your block of time.

      3. Then the following week, unfollow the people who didn’t follow you back.  And go on another following bender.

      You can easily see who hasn’t followed you back using Just Unfollow or ManageFlitter.


      Here are 10 tools to help you manage your following

      1. FollowerWonk

      2. Twiends

      3. WeFollow

      4. Twellow

      5. TweetStork

      6. ManageFlitter

      7. Twitter’s #Discover tool

      8. Your Very Own Followers

      Go through your followers’ followers’ and follow them.  Tongue twister?

      Let’s try it another way.

      Go to your list of followers.

      Click on one of their profiles.

      Then click to see their list of followers.

      Go through that list and follow anyone who looks relevant to you.

      When they see that you’ve followed them, they’ll see that you are also followed by “so-n-so” which adds a bit of social proof.

      9.  Your Competitor’s Followers

      Go to your competitor’s profile.

      Check out their list of followers and follow the ones that look relevant.

      10. Your other social networks

      Pro Tip:

      This was a great piece of advice from John Brandon in this article on Inc“Follow your followers from other social networks.”

      What an awesome idea.

      It does take some time to figure out that John Doe on G+ is @JDoe on Twitter.  But the response rate is likely to be very high considering they already know and follow you elsewhere.

      Bonus Resource:

      20+ Tools That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Power User


      Bonus Strategy

      Here’s a pro tip that was brought to our attention by John Janney.

      As an alternative to following thousands of people, curate Twitter lists of experts, gurus, head honchos in your industry, etc.

      It’s flattering to people when you add them to a list of “Awesome People on Twitter” or “Experts on ___fill in the blank___.”

      The benefit to this strategy is that you won’t have to worry about your following-to-follower ratio getting out of whack.  And your Twitter stream won’t be as cluttered with Tweets from following so many people.

      Chapter 5:

      Tweet Interesting Content

      Tweet Interesting Content



      Well tweet me if you haven’t heard this nugget of advice (yeah…that’s sarcasm).


      This is easier said than done. You can tweet until you’re blue in the beak and get no reaction. So we’ve put together these tips to help your tweets get traction.

      Here are 7 tips for keeping your stream active and interesting

      1Use Hashtags

      Hashtags can be used for a slew of purposes.  For the purpose of growing your Twitter following, you’ll want to “tag” your posts with a popular hashtag that people in your target audience are likely to follow.

      This helps your tweets get discovered by people who follow that hashtag.

      Think of it as categorizing the broad topic that your post is about.  Kinda like this:

      Check out this mega-guide on how to get Twitter followers via @RigniteInc. It’s packed w tons of juicy #TwitterTips
      <<Click to Tweet>>

      Here’s a great article about it:

      Using Hashtags Effectively to Get Noticed, Not Ignored!


      RiteTag is a great tool to help you find which hashtags to use in your posts.

      Here’s  how it works:

      1.  Simply enter your best guess for the hashtag you are posting about.  In this example, we’ll use #socialmedia

      2. You’ll see a list of potential hashtags, each one color coded based on how opportune it is.

      You’ll probably want to stay away from unusued and overused hashtags if your goal is to get your tweets discovered.  Aim for tweets that are labeled either good or great.

      For each hashtag in the list you’ll get metrics that show you:

      –how active it is (see the unique tweets per hour column)

      –how engaged the audience is (see the Retweets per hour column)

      how to search for hashtags

      2Run Contests and Giveaways

      This is the fun part of Twitter marketing.  Not only can it attract more followers, it’ll also boost engagement.  The options are almost endless, but here are some great examples to get the ideas flowing:

      Follow the Winners: Great Twitter Contest Ideas

      3 Great Twitter Giveaway Ideas To Follow

      How to Run a Photo Contest on Twitter

      And you might find this ebook worth downloading:

      Free eBook: How to Boost Engagement With a Hashtag Photo Contest

      3Ask Great Questions

      You’ve probably been to a party or networking event where you got stuck with someone who was giving you a monologue, talking and talking without engaging you in a two-way dialogue.  Don’t be that person on Twitter.  Posing a question is a great prompt to your followers to respond and open up a two-way (or many-way) conversation.

      Here are a few good resources on the art of Twitter conversations:

      How to Ask Effective Questions on Twitter

      21 Social Media Conversation Starters

      4Answer Relevant Questions

      On the flip side of asking questions, you should also look for opportunities to answer questions posed by others who are seeking advice in your area of expertise.

      Here’s how to find good questions to respond to:

      In the same way you search Google, you can get creative with your search strings when monitoring Twitter for questions.

      For example:

      “does anyone know” _keyword_ ? –http

      Here are some good tips for getting creative with your search operators:

      5 Essential Twitter Search Operators To Find The Most Relevant Tweets

      5Tweet Inspiring Quotes By Famous People

      This is one of the most effective types of content to tweet, and the best part is that it’s so easy to create.

      In about an hour of time, you can schedule a month’s worth of inspirational quotes.

      How to do it:

      1. Find inspiring quotes Here are a few great resources for finding inspirational quotes:  

      You can also do Google searches to find more sources about topics that are relevant to your industry. Google search for famous quotes Tip: Choose short quotes that will fit in a 117 character tweet with the author citation.  When you attach the image that will take up about 23 of your allotted 140 characters.

      2. Create a visual image with the quote text overlaid on it

      Canva is a great tool for creating graphics.  They have many pre-designed templates that are easily editable.  So you can change the font, the text, the colors, and the background image. You can search for background images within Canva, but you can also download stock photos from other sites and upload into Canva.

      Here are a couple of great lists of sites offering free stock photos:

      12 Amazing Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos

      The Badass List of Free Stock Photo Websites for Designers

      3. Schedule the post to Twitter 

      6Flock to Unlock

      This is a strategy that Twitter recommends.  Tease your followers with a special offer that will get unlocked after your post has been retweeted ____ times.

      Here’s an example:

      A similar “flock to unlock” deal that would grow your following, would be to require ____ new followers to unlock the deal. Here’s an example:  

      7Offer Twitter Exclusive Deals

      Make it clear that you only share special offers on Twitter. That might be coupons, discounts, first look at new products, whatever floats your audience’s boat.

      Here are some sources of inspiration:

      Twitter recommends Twixclusives

      3 Twitter Coupon Campaigns to Inspire Your Marketing


      Now that you’re armed with all the best tips for getting more followers, go out there and knock ’em dead champ!


      Oh, and follow us if you liked the guide :)


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